I was born and raised in the Austin area, Ohio and Menard to be exact. It has changed drastically since the 80â€™s and 90's, you have a looooooooooot of goof ball gangbangers and so many shootings. So many homes have been lost to foreclosures and are still vacant. Our home was broken into twice; in the late 90â€™s and when we moved away while it was empty (2010). I believe it all depends on the block you live on. There are lots of neighbors whom have been living in the area for quite a while, many will not just sit by idle and let their neighborhood go down without a fight. But some neighbors donâ€™t care; they have that "as-long-as-they-don't-bother-me-I-wonâ€™t-bother-them" attitude. As far as the schools, I went to Emmitt and Douglass (back when it was a grammar school -1989), I felt it did not nearly prepare me enough for the high school I went to. As far as Key School, I wouldn't send my dog there. With the way other schools are progressing, they are far behind. My daughter graduated from kindergarten in 2005 and is currently in a Magnet school, the comparison between the two is laughable. So it just dependsâ€¦.just do your research before movingâ€¦best way to judge the area, come back on kind of a warm night. If all you see is guys on the corner in white t-shirtsâ€¦head for the nearest exit because itâ€™s about to go down. Iâ€™m looking to move in a cheaper place but not going back and Iâ€™m from there, so that should tell you something.